The Blossom Awards are supported by leading businesses and organisations with a commitment to diversity and promoting the success of British-Chinese people.

The Awards do not receive any funding from local or central Government or from any public body or charity in the UK — or from any foreign government, state-backed enterprise or agency.

We are grateful to the following Sponsors & Partners set out below (in alphabetical order)*:

Aston Martin joins as a sponsor of The Blossom Awards 2020 which recognise members of the British-Chinese Community who are at the forefront of their career. Supporters of the Engineering & Science category, the company supports the promotion of British innovation and excellence within the United Kingdom.   

Aston Martin Lagonda is a luxury automotive group focused on the creation of exclusive cars and SUVs. The iconic Aston Martin brand fuses the latest technology, exceptional hand craftsmanship and timeless design to produce models including the Vantage, DB11 and DBS Superleggera. The Lagonda brand will be relaunched as the world’s first luxury electric vehicle company. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin Lagonda designs, creates and exports cars which are sold in 54 countries around the world.

Lagonda was founded in 1899 and Aston Martin in 1913. The two brands came together in 1947 when both were purchased by the late Sir David Brown. Under the leadership of Dr Andy Palmer and a new management team, the Group launched its Second Century Plan in 2015. The plan is underpinned by the introduction of new models including DB11, new Vantage, DBS Superleggera and the company’s first SUV, DBX. The plan also includes the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales and the launch of mid-engined core cars and special cars.

Berkeley Group builds beautiful, successful places, blending homes, parks and public realm with great facilities to create fantastic communities where people love to live. We work together with trusted partners to tackle the shortage of good quality homes. And we make a lasting contribution to the landscape and to the communities we help create. We have built more than 19,600 homes in the last five years, across London, Birmingham and the South of England.

Berkeley Group is made up of six autonomous companies: Berkeley Homes, St Edward, St George, St James, St Joseph and St William. We are publicly-owned and listed on the London Stock Exchange as a FTSE 100 company.

Berkeley’s business strategy is called Our Vision. This focuses on five key areas: our customers, homes, places, operations and people. Through this framework we are striving to become a world class business.

Sustainability is at the heart of Berkeley.  Our single biggest contribution is to create new places that grace their surroundings and will stand the test of time. The environmental performance of each site is monitored tightly and we publish independent research measuring our social and economic impact. You can read more about green living here.

The Berkeley Foundation was set up in 2011 by the Berkeley Group. So far it has committed over £14.9 million to over 100 charities and worthy causes. The Berkeley Foundation focuses on four key areas: homes, jobs, skills and care. Funding comes in a variety of ways: the Berkeley Group covers overhead costs; employees have so far raised over £5.3 million; and we are also very grateful for support from our consultants, subcontractors and supply chain.

Berkeley Group has had long ties with the British-Chinese Community as well as having held business relationships and operations in China, Hong Kong and across the Asia Pacific region for more than 30 years. We are very pleased to be able to sponsor The Blossom Awards.

AN UNFORGETTABLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Bicester Village is one of 11 unique shopping destinations within The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. Spanning Europe and China, these open-air Villages are home to hundreds of boutiques from world-class designers – all offering remarkable value for money – plus famous restaurants and five-star hospitality services.

The founding member of the Collection, Bicester Village sits in the heart of the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, a mere 46 minutes from London by train from London Marylebone. There you’ll find more than 160 boutiques from the likes of Gina, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Marni and many more – all with up to 60% off the recommended retail price.

Between all that shopping, the Village offers respite by way of delicious foodie treats from restaurants such as Café Wolseley – the first opening from Corbin & King outside London. There you’ll be able to tuck into the restaurant’s renowned signature dishes, as well as afternoon tea and fresh cakes and pastries, all created fresh on-site every day. Elsewhere, farmshop restaurant & cafe by Soho House & Co serves up locally sourced, seasonal dishes in a cosy country setting, while Shan Shui puts popular South-East-Asian cuisine on the menu, with interiors inspired by 1920s Shanghai.

Plus, an annual calendar of pop-ups, events and surprises keeps the Village experience fresh and exciting for all guests. From limited-edition openings from the British Fashion Council and TATE to the recent Celebrating China boutique or collection of conscious designers curated by philanthropist Paul van Zyl, these pop-ups are dedicated to supporting young, emerging talents – all while delighting fashion savvy shoppers. 

It’s not just the world-class brands and famous restaurants that you’ll remember. Bicester Village also has a team of personal shoppers who know the boutiques inside out, offering a bespoke service in The Apartment – a chic, invitation-only retreat conveniently positioned next to valet parking. Meanwhile, a Village-wide concierge service is always on hand to cater to your every need, and a host of guest services – from left luggage and Hands-free Shopping to valet parking and instant tax refunds – turn a shopping trip into an extraordinary experience and a great day out.

Discover more at BicesterVillage.com

About us

Capita is a consulting, digital services and software business. We are driven by our purpose  to create better outcomes for all of our stakeholders:
 
  • Our people – by providing an environment in which they can thrive and develop
  • Clients and customers – by delivering solutions, transforming businesses and services, and by delighting them
  • Suppliers and partners – by treating them fairly and encouraging them to deliver
  • Investors – by delivering improving returns
  • Society – by acting as a responsible business for the communities we serve

Every day we help millions of people, by delivering innovative solutions to transform and simplify the connections between businesses and customers, governments and citizens.

We partner with clients and provide them with the insight and cutting-edge technologies that give time back, allowing them to focus on what they do best and making people’s lives easier and simpler.

We operate in the UK, Europe, India and South Africa – and across six divisions: Software; Technology Solutions; People Solutions; Customer Management; Government Services and Specialist Services.

We’re committed to being a truly responsible business – in how we operate, serve society, respect our people and the environment, and deliver attractive returns to our investors.
 
Our people
 
Capita has over 61,000 talented and passionate employees, committed to delivering better outcomes for our clients. And we’re a company going through our own transformation – we’re improving, growing, developing and putting our people first.
 
We’re helping people unlock their value and potential, giving them access to a huge range of unique and diverse opportunities, which offer real career progression. We provide an inclusive and diverse environment for our people to thrive, develop and realise their true potential. At Capita, employees can truly be themselves.
 
Our values
 
Everyone at Capita strives to create better outcomes for all our stakeholders by living our values of being open, ingenious, collaborative and effective. They define who we are, how we work and help us create better outcomes.
 
We bring these values to life through our day-to-day behaviours and by putting our purpose at the centre of everything we do. In every action we take and decision we make, we challenge ourselves to do more. Everything can be improved, evolved and optimised. That’s how progress is made.
 
We believe ‘good’ can always be made ‘better’.
 
Discover better at  Capita.com.

 

Capula Investment Management LLP is a global fixed income specialist firm headquartered in London with affiliated entities in Hong Kong, Tokyo and the United States. Co-founded in 2005 by Yan Huo, managing partner and CIO, the firm manages approximately USD 20 billion of assets (as of 1 January 2020) for a diversified group of investors globally, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance companies and financial intermediaries.

The firm focuses on absolute return, enhanced fixed income, volatility and tail risk strategies and aims to develop innovative investment strategies that exhibit low correlation to traditional equity and fixed income markets. Through a combination of global talent, comprehensive research, and technology, Capula seeks to identify market opportunities where we perceive the firm has a competitive advantage.

Yan Huo, together with the core trading partners, have over 220 years of collective market experience. Over many years, individual members of the team have refined discretionary trading and risk management techniques and over the last 22 years have managed through all major market crises, including 1998 and 2008.

As an established global investment firm, Capula is committed to creating value for its clients, employees, partners and key stakeholders. Our mission is to provide clients with superior investment performance and build a great firm that attracts, develops and retains exceptional people.
IG empowers informed, decisive, adventurous people to access opportunities in over 16,000 financial markets. With a strong focus on innovation and technology, the company puts client needs at the heart of everything it does.
 
IG’s vision is to provide the world’s best trading experience. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial derivatives firm, it continued leading the way by launching the world’s first online and iPhone trading services.
 
IG is an award-winning, multi-platform trading company which allows retail, professional and institutional clients to trade indices, commodities, currencies, warrants, options and equities 24 hours a day, 6* days a week. IG is the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs** and a global leader in forex. It provides leveraged services with the option of limited-risk guarantees and offers an execution-only stock trading service in the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Ireland, Austria and the Netherlands. IG has a range of affordable, fully managed investment portfolios, which provide a comprehensive offering to investors and active traders.
 
IG is a member of the FTSE 250, with offices across Europe, including a Swiss bank, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the US. The Group holds a long-term investment grade credit rating of BBB- with a stable outlook from Fitch Ratings.
 
*IG operates from 9pm Sunday (GMT) – 10pm Friday (GMT)
 
**Based on revenue excluding FX (from published financial statements, June 2019)
With you every step of the way
 
At Pearson, we believe everyone can make progress in their lives through learning and we understand that every student has their own unique learning style. We offer a range of support and tools to help students navigate their journey, whatever pathway they choose. From curriculum support and progress tracking, to nurturing wellbeing and supporting every student to flourish. We’re committed to working together with education institutions and young people to create learning environments that reflect the diversity of the modern world, are accessible, and that provide a choice of pathways for all learning styles and abilities.
The Londoner is scheduled to open its doors in late 2020. Taking centre stage on London’s Leicester Square, The Londoner not only places guests in the world’s first super boutique hotel, but also at the heart of the West End theatreland.

Edwardian Hotels London’s latest project, The Londoner, boutique in feeling yet staggering in scale, is set to transform the city’s hotel landscape and hospitality scene. In excess of £300 million of investment, Edwardian Hotels London continues to be prolific in the hospitality space by delivering the world’s first ‘Super Boutique’ hotel, solidifying the new property as an icon in London’s luxury hospitality scene.

The hotel will open across 16 storeys with 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mix of six concept eateries – including bars and a tavern, alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit – plus an expansive ballroom suited for any occasion, a variety of meeting spaces and a results-driven gym and spa.

Guests will enter the Lobby where the hotel’s signature restaurant will evolve from a cosy meeting spot in the day into a vibrant dinner spot in the evening. On the rooftop, a new destination for discerning Londoners, open air firepit seating can be found – a true rarity in London. Additionally, a tavern on the ground floor will offer a specially curated drinks menu and daily unplugged music performances. A hotel guests-only area made up of three distinct places will be located on the first floor. As with all of Edwardian Hotels London’s impressive venues, the eateries will strive to provide something special and unique in the capital that appeals to all walks of London life.

The hotel’s 350 guestrooms and suites will feature floor to ceiling windows, fastidious detailing and finishings offset by curated artworks and the latest technology.

In the subterranean levels are a variety of meeting spaces, including a state-of-the-art ballroom accommodating up to 864 guests; a room for bespoke events and seven private meeting rooms as well as a spa, swimming pool and gym; hair and nail salon; barber shop and two private screening rooms. A regular events programme will bring exclusive experiences, performances and installations to the building.

As a brand-new build in the heart of London, The Londoner will employ pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has secured a £175 million Green Loan from HSBC UK, a first for the hospitality sector. The funding will be used to ensure the new hotel doesn’t just meet but exceeds the BREEAM Excellent category in building environmental and sustainable performance.

The Londoner is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection.

Promising London a new landmark and city destination, The Londoner will deliver the very best in intimate luxury offering the capital a new urban oasis and the most sophisticated playground.
Established in 1970 by Mr Wing Yip and his brothers, and now with the second generation at the helm, Wing Yip has rapidly become one of the UK’s most celebrated stores, sourcing and supplying authentic ingredients to Chinese and Asian restaurants, discerning chefs and food enthusiasts. Over the last 50 years, the company has built its experience in the Oriental food markets, developing an unparalleled network of suppliers and manufacturers throughout the Far East. This enables Wing Yip to source high quality, innovative products for its customers. Wing Yip has four superstores located in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon and an online shop at www.wingyip.com

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